Thai botulism outbreak sickened 163

first_img By Apr 10, only 25 patients still remained in the hospital, 9 of them on respirators, the CDC noted. None of the 163 patients died. A study assessing the outcomes of some of the cases is ongoing, the agency noted. The bamboo shoots had been produced locally by a women’s group, the CDC wrote. They were processed in large containers that held roughly 26 pounds each. Most of the 53 cans made in September 2005 were sold locally. No other outbreaks have been recorded since those cans were produced. Thai health officials quickly traced the outbreak to a Mar 14 religious rite in Nawaimai Village, Pakaluang subdistrict, Baan Luang district of Nan Province, the report said. Investigators interviewed 145 of the 200 people who had attended the festival about their food intake. The only food in common was home-canned bamboo shoots, which are often eaten with chili and shrimp paste. The report said the outbreak occurred 8 years after a smaller botulism outbreak that also was associated with home-canned bamboo shoots. Following that episode, information on safe canning was disseminated throughout the country. Mar 22 CIDRAP News story on outbreakhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/mar2206botu.html Antitoxin was not available in Thailand, so Thai officials sought help from several international partners. The United Kingdom (with support form the World Health Organization) sent 20 vials of heptavalent antitoxin; CDC sent 50 vials of bivalent antitoxin; and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Japan sent 23 vials of trivalent antitoxin. A Canadian company sold Thailand an additional 10 vials of bivalent antitoxin. Apr 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The recent outbreak of botulism poisoning traced to bamboo shoots served at a religious festival in Thailand sickened 163 people, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “This recurrence 8 years later indicates the importance of long-term follow up and continuous inspection and assurance of the quality of food canning,” the CDC said. CDC. Botulism from home-canned bamboo shoots—Nan Province, Thailand, March 2006. MMWR 2006: 55(14) 389-92 [Full text] Of that number, 141 patients had to be hospitalized, and 10 more were treated as outpatients. A majority experienced abdominal pain, dry mouth, and/or nausea. Forty-two of the hospitalized patients needed mechanical ventilation, the CDC said in the Apr 14 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. See also: last_img read more

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New IMCA sponsor 4K has Cold Fire awards for drivers, extinguishers for sanctioned tracks

first_imgLONG PRAIRIE, Minn. – A single demonstration of Cold Fire is all it took to convince Bob Kunz he needed to find out more about the product.His 4K Fire Protection Services is a new IMCA sponsor and making Cold Fire, in liquid and aerosol form, available to drivers and sanctioned tracks alike.“It should be everywhere. If you don’t have it, you should,” Kunz stated. “The fire extinguisher as we know it was designed 70-plus years ago. Racing as we know it now has so many exotic fuels and Cold Fire puts them out. It’s an all-around better product.”National champions in all eight divisions receive a 2-1/2 gallon Cold Fire extinguisher from 4K. The Long Prairie, Minn., company also gives a free 2-1/2 gallon Cold Fire extinguisher to sanctioned tracks for every purchase of the same size extinguisher and five gallons of winter blend Cold Fire concentrate.“The amount of Cold Fire you need to put out a fire is minimal compared with other materials,” said Kunz, who does one of the Cold Fire demonstrations now seen on Youtube. “It’s a clear liquid. It’s not-toxic, non-corrosive and biodegradable. It’s just a better product.”About 10 years ago, a friend had suggested to Kunz – already in a related business – that he look at diversifying. Also a tech inspector for a traveling late model series, Kunz watched a demonstration that showed how quickly Cold Fire worked to extinguish a car fire and decided on the spot that he needed to know more.“We had already been serving commercial customers with fire suppressors and extinguishers. Our business is family owned and operated and we’re all involved in racing,” he explained. “We have been a sponsor at Arlington Raceway but wanted to get the word about Cold Fire out to more drivers and tracks. That’s what led to our program with IMCA.”“My theory is that if you can build a race car, you don’t skimp on safety, especially fire, and Cold Fire should be at the top of your list. If you’re going to skimp on safety, stay home,” Kunz continued. “Being in the business I am, fire protection should always be the first priority. It’s a no-brainer with how much Cold Fire costs.”4K also sells on-board fire suppression systems. Numerous government entities purchase those 4K systems for large equipment use.More information about Cold Fire and other 4K fire suppression systems and extinguishers is available from Kunz at 320 533-0226. The company website is www.4kfire.com.“Safety is paramount for us and we are always looking at products that will keep IMCA drivers safe on and off the track,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “We began talking with Bob at 4K Fire Protection and thought a program of this nature was extremely relevant and something we wanted to pursue.”last_img read more

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